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Keane delight after Ipswich fight back

Published 04/10/2010 | 05:00

ROY KEANE wore a smile of satisfaction after Ipswich maintained their bid for promotion with a deserved victory over 10-man Leeds at Portman Road.

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After Jason Scotland had given Ipswich a first-half lead, an error from Tommy Smith allowed Leeds to poach an equaliser through Robert Snodgrass.

But, after former Ipswich defender Alex Bruce had been sent off for a second yellow card, Smith was afforded the freedom of the Leeds penalty area to head home the winner.

"It was a fair result and a good performance," said Keane.

"Leeds caused us problems -- as you'd expect. They're a big, strong team with a lot of energy, but we just about edged it.

"We gave away a shocking goal but the players responded well and we scored two good goals. We could have been a bit more clinical when we were breaking on two-on-ones or three-on-ones. Jason scored a great goal. It certainly wasn't easy and there was a lot of work still to do.

"But when we get these other chances we've got to take them, because we're not a team capable of scoring three or four goals.

"I'll take 1-0 or 2-1. I'm not interested in 4-3s or 5-2s. I'll leave that to the other teams."

Goal hero Smith was only on the pitch because Darren O'Dea was injured in the warm-up.

"Darren has been struggling with a knee problem since he went away with the last international squad," said Keane.

"We thought we'd take a chance but as soon as he went out for the warm-up, he said he was struggling. That's why you have to have players who are mentally ready and it was no surprise that Tommy ended up scoring.

"When someone's not in the team and then you have to make last-minute changes, it's always ironic when they score.

"When we were in the dressing-room before the game, I said he'd score a goal.

"He's the best defender at the club in terms of attacking the ball and should probably should score more goals."

Meanwhile, the familiar domed forehead of Sven-Goran Eriksson is back in English football.

The Swede arrived at Leicester City yesterday to begin the latest chapter of his remarkable career and insisted he is here for one thing and one thing only. "I want to manage in the Premier League again, that's why," he said.

The former England manager, who succeeds the dismissed Paulo Sousa, put his signature to a two-year contract on Saturday and will begin work immediately by travelling with the Championship team on their tour of Thailand during the international break.

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